Jakarta: Title holder Gaganjeet Bhullar and another Indian Anirban Lahiri will be among top stars to vie for honours at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open to be held here from December 4 to 7.
David Lipsky of United States and Daniel Chopra of Sweden will be joined by multiple Major champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland, in-form Mardan Mamat of Singapore and world 72-hole scoring record holder Chapchai Nirat of Thailand at the USD 750,000 Asian Tour event.
More than 30 Asian Tour champions led by Order of Merit front runner Lipsky, Lahiri and Prom Meesawat of Thailand, ranked second and third on the Merit list respectively, will also lend their star credentials to the prestigious event staged at the Damai Indah Golf, PIK Course.
George Gandranata, Rory Hie, William Sjaichudin and Andik Mauludin will spearhead the local challenge with hopes of becoming the second Indonesian after Benny Kasiadi to lift the prestigious title.
The BANK BRI Indonesia Open will play an important part in the Order of Merit race as Korean American Lipsky leads the rankings by slightly over USD 160,000 over Lahiri and Prom.
After winning the Omega European Masters, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour in September, Lipsky is aiming to tighten his grip on the Order of Merit crown by winning his third Asian Tour title at the BANK BRI Indonesia Open.
"I'm over that win (Omega European Masters) and I'm not in the process of trying to get better in my game. I'm settled down now and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year," said Lipsky, who has committed to play in the remaining three Asian Tour events in 2014.
"I'm still in a good position on the Order of Merit and f I can play like I know I can play, I can take care of business," he said.